Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the United States, however, little is known about where it has its roots and why it is celebrated.
It is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday in November, and this year it is November 26. Abraham Lincoln was the first American president to officially declare the last Thursday in November a holiday. The date was formally set by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 and approved by Congress in 1941.
Apart from the USA, it is celebrated in Canada, Granada, the Philippines, Saint Lucia, Liberia, and the Netherlands. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October. On the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Christmas shopping season begins with discounts. The day after Thanksgiving was called “Black Friday” in a 1951 magazine and referred to the fact that workers were absent from work due to illness to have a four-day Thanksgiving weekend.
How it all started?
Most historians take the first Thanksgiving Day from 1621, when, inspired by a good harvest, the settlers who disembarked from the famous Mayflower decided to celebrate it with the local Indians, who helped them get through the previous winter, giving them food in times of scarcity. On that occasion, Governor William Bradford invited the chief of the Vampanag tribe to join him in the feast with his fellow tribesmen. In essence, Thanksgiving is a form of reconciliation between peoples, in this case, immigrants and Indians.
On this day, Americans around the world have a rich table, there is always a party and they exchange gifts in the warmth of the family home. This is also the day when preparations for Christmas begin.
The Indians fed the first settlers and taught them how to grow corn and other vegetables. When the pilgrims raised enough the following fall to survive the coming winter, they celebrated it at the table with the Indians, and there was, among other things, a wild turkey on the table. That is why this is an unavoidable dish of today’s Thanksgiving celebrations.
Where go to trip?
Regarding the situation with coronavirus, Libellule brings you some thanksgiving trips ideas.
Lake Placid, New York
The best you can in this situation is to travel to a place without the hustle and bustle away from civilization. A small city with 3000 inhabitants, located deep in the Adirondack Mountains of the state of New York, this place is a real anti – America. Everything you can’t imagine America. No New York skyscrapers, Florida beach, or Vegas casino. Mirror lake surrounded by untouched nature takes your breath away with its beauty.
Bill Gates, Jennifer Lopez, and many others stopped by here to enjoy this view. They say that it is especially amazing in the fall when it leaves thousands of colors, it creates a color that you could enjoy for hours. Just sitting. By the lake. Enjoying the warmth of colors and scents. See offer here.
If you are traveling with family then there is no better choice than Laurel town. It is a beautiful town about 30 minutes northeast of Hattiesburg, and it is a perfect place for a family outing. This a somewhat romantic town has everything you need for a quality vacation because you have access to many things they have in big cities such as the park and have a picnic with your loved one or visit restaurants in the picturesque streets of Laurel which offer very tasty food. Or simply drink coffee or tea in peace and quiet and be thankful for everything. For booking see offer on TripAdvisor.
Estes park, Colorado
Another suggestion for an escape to nature. Estes Park, a small mountain town at the mouth of the Rocky Mountain National Park, is a popular tourist destination in both summer and winter. The Rocky Mountain Conservancy organizes many open, educational activities, including Winter Ecology Snowshoe Trek through Rocky Mountain National Park or along nearby trails. A large exploration region is located near the wild watershed area, where you can witness the pristine desert of winter wonderland in Colorado.
When it gets too cold you can warm up with quality wine. Plan a wine tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery. This winery is suitable for the family and will even serve your children locally made variations of juices in their favorite glasses.
What makes it special is that blend of luxury and modesty because it can have all the comfort in the middle of nature.
Kiawah Island is known as a golfing destination which is why this resort is also called Kiawah Island Golf Resort, within which the luxury hotel The Sanctuary is located. This hotel is known for its hospitality and good food, and there are gyms, swimming pools, and a shopping resort. The great thing is that this resort offers many activities and when you want to be alone there is a long sandy beach nearby.
Blackberry Farm, Tennessee
Blackberry Farm is a luxury hotel and resort located in Walland which is nestled in one of the most beautiful areas of Tennessee. An unincorporated community, Walland is in the desirable and naturally beautiful Miller’s Cove area, a valley that’s tucked away deep in the northwestern foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
What makes it special is that blend of luxury and modesty because it can have all the comfort in the middle of nature. Don’t be fooled by weather, pack your coats, gloves because November is quite cold, and enjoy the peaceful and idyllic atmosphere.
On the end, Happy Thanksgiving to all Americans! No matter where you decide to spend this day, stay healthy and grateful for everything you have.
Write in the comments where you plan to spend Thanksgiving.